Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
Notable BiologyThe brains of Smoochum and Jynx are very large for their body size. Most of the nerve endings for sensory regions connect to the lips, which are used for taste and touch. At early stages of life, Smoochum attempt to use their lips on everything; sometimes, they even overbalance themselves on their small legs trying to "kiss" new objects. Analysis of their saliva reveals large concentrations of narcotics similar to ethanol, possibly for self-defense or dulling pain. To develop better coordination, Smoochum will constantly rock back and forth; its evolved state, Jynx, practices extremely graceful body movements similar to a dancer's. This locomotion seems to be an element of communication between Smoochum and Jynx. Despite Jynx's well-developed vocal cords that allow a range of sounds similar to human speech, Jynx rarely ever respond to verbal signals, except those of song. Smoochum and Jynx also have a complex body temperature and hydration system; they are homeothermic, but keep their internal organs cool instead of warm. Their skin is extremely porous and allows both entry and exit of water; as a side effect, the thinner skin of Jynx dries quickly under intense sunlight. Both forms shed and freeze their excess liquid as sweat, creating a perpetually cold mist around their bodies.
HabitatBecause of their unique hydration methods, Jynx and Smoochum prefer dark, moist caves where the temperature remains at a constant below-freezing. Small puddles or bodies of water are staples of their territory, since the Pokémon must clean their lips and hair regularly. Despite their relation to Jynx, Smoochum are often found in sunnier regions such as lakefronts, as their thicker skin provides protection and they have access to more food items there. Both Pokémon will migrate, but they tend to settle down in one region as long as it can support them. Mountaineers often tell of groups of Jynx gathering along passes and singing to lure men to their doom. Others report how they know people who were taken in and nursed by the Pokémon. However, such behavior seems pointless and against their nature, and the stories are probably not true. Most researchers agree that Jynx tend to avoid open mountain areas, due to the low water content in the air.
DietSmoochum and Jynx are both primarily herbivores and eat lichens or grasses. Despite their large mouths, these Pokémon are toothless. They scrape or pick off the plants with their powerful lips and swallow food whole. Under harsh conditions, they may resort to devouring eggs for protein nutrition, cracking the shells with their lip muscles and sucking in the yolk. Because of their low internal temperatures, both forms must use specialized enzymes to digest their foods; x-ray analysis of Jynx also reveals internal mastication of food with psychic abilities and muscle contractions. Foraging is an important part of Jynx and Smoochum life, and the main reason for their migrations. The specialized lips of Smoochum are pressed against nearly any foreign objects, allowing it to distinguish the edible and the inedible. However, their inexperience can also lead to younger specimens consuming inedible - or worse, poisonous or otherwise hazardous - objects such as stones, sewage, empty food containers, or Technical Machines. Jynx are more capable of choosing, and they seem to utilize a mixture of sight, touch, taste, and psychic senses to determine the best option.
HazardsWhile outwardly elegant, Jynx are quite dangerous. With their various movements, they project a psychic field that, more often than not, provokes similar movements in any humans exposed to the Pokémon. Excessive time spent with Jynx can even create obsessions related to its dancing, especially in men. Some witnesses report that the voice of Jynx can also be imbued with extrasensory qualities, expressing feelings of depression, anxiety, confusion, drowziness, and dread. When provoked, Jynx and its unevolved form will spawn larger psychic resonances, leading to brain damage or physical trauma in their victims. The frozen sweat vapor secreted by Jynx and Smoochum can range in temperature from just below freezing to colder than liquid nitrogen. The temperature is regulated, and Jynx at least will willingly raise it while around familiar humans or potential mates. Angry specimens sometimes utilize their metabolism to freeze large areas of water vapor, creating cold winds or pockets of air to attack foes with. A few Jynx have demonstrated enough power to actively change the climate in their habitats; sudden temperature changes in the cave system are easily attributed to incursions.
Courting and ChildrearingJynx are only female, and therefore can only mate with other species of humanoid Pokémon. At the point of maturity, a Jynx's movements will become more frantic and graceful. These gestures, aided by psychic signals, are often used to win over a potential suitor. Some Jynx will even directly manipulate the brains of their targets to create attraction. While caring for an egg, a Jynx will constantly sing to it. The purpose of the music is completely unknown as of this moment; attempts to listen to it by humans have yielded nausea. Upon hatching, the mother abandons its offspring; the newborn will have to fend for itself until it can find more of its kind.
Social StructureSmoochum, upon hatching, search for other Smoochum to form small groups for both protection and for greater communication. Any food is shared with the rest of the members, and new sensations are often transmitted between them by lip contact. A psychic resonance surrounds the young, formed by the combined minds of the companions. This field diverts and confuses most predators, and alerts the group to their presence. Upon reaching a certain age, one Smoochum will evolve into a Jynx; upon doing so, it leaves the other young and begins scouting for a different source of food. Jynx are typically solitary, and will attack other members of the species on sight with open-handed slaps and psychic assaults. When not in contact with other Jynx, they seem to eschew any sort of territorial boundaries, instead roaming around until they find an area with sufficient food or water. They sometimes gather briefly to exchange information through both physical and verbal communication. In some reported cases, multiple Jynx will band together in groups of up to four to care for each others' eggs, although the bond seems to disappear when all the eggs hatch.